Auburn Recruiting Update: Tigers Offer 5-Star QB Malik Henry


Nov 30, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; General view of Jordan Hare Stadium during the first quarter between the Auburn Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

According to 247Sports, and confirmed via Twtter, Auburn has offered a scholarship to California 5-star quarterback Malik Henry. The high school junior is one of the highest rated players in the nation in the 2016 class, coming in at No. 3 overall in the 247Composite and No. 1 quarterback in the nation.

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ESPN also ranks Henry as the nation’s best quarterback, and sees the 6-foot-3 185-pounder as the second best player in his class. According to ESPN, Henry has at least 15 scholarship offers from schools including Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, USC and UCLA. Henry is considered to be leaning strongly toward Notre Dame.

The 2016 Auburn recruiting class is already expected to have the nation’s top wide receiver, Nate Craig, who is verbally committed to the Tigers. Landing Henry would give the program one of the best QB-receiver duos in recent memory from a national recruiting standpoint. You can see Henry’s recruiting video here.

Among Auburn’s top uncommitted 2015 class targets is offensive lineman Martez Ivey – the nation’s second rated overall player according to the 247Composite. Ivey was expected to be in Auburn two weeks ago for the Tigers’ season opener, but an injury in his high school game the night before caused him to miss the official visit. He will likely make an official visit later in the season. Ivey is believed to be leaning towards signing with the Florida Gators in February, but many recruiting experts see Auburn as a strong contender.

Landing such a talented offensive lineman would be a big boost to the Auburn recruiting class, which is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation. You can see highlights of the 6-foot-5, 270-pound lineman here.

There were a couple of five-star prospects in attendance this past Saturday for Auburn’s game against San Jose State. According to John Talty of

"Auburn had its own talented collection of recruits on campus this weekend for its easy win over San Jose State. The two biggest names were a pair of Georgia commits — Trent Thompson and Terry Godwin. Both strongly considered the Tigers before committing to Georgia, though it seems Auburn isn’t out of the picture for either player. Godwin is also expected to visit Alabama in the near future, possibly this week.Godwin, a five-star receiver from Hogansville, Ga., raved about his visit to 247Sports. He met with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn for a few minutes before the game and liked what he heard.“He’s a great guy,” Godwin told 247Sports. “I would love to play for him.”"

Both players are long shots to come to Auburn since they have each already given a verbal commitment to the University of Georgia. However, it is a long time until National Signing Day, and a lot can happen between now and then. The players currently verbally committed to be a part of the 2015 Auburn recruiting class include:

LB Montavious Atkinson – 6-2, 205 – Fairburn, GA

CB Tony Bridges – 6-2, 185 – Gulf Coast CC

OL Tyler Carr – 6-5, 310 – Gadsden, AL

DB Jordan Colbert – 6-2, 205 – Griffin, GA

FB Chandler Cox – 6-2, 220 – Apopka, FL

S Ben Edwards – 6-0, 196 – Jacksonville, FL

OL Marquel Harrell – 6-3, 295 – Fairburn, GA

TE Jalen Harris – 6-5, 238 – Montgomery, AL

DT Jauntavius Johnson – 6-2, 330 – Lincoln, AL

ATH/RB Kerryon Johnson – 6-0, 200 – Madison, AL

OL Kaleb Kim – 6-4, 280 – Hoschton, GA

LB Richard McBryde – 6-2, 210 – Troy, AL

RB D’Anfernee McGriff – 6-1, 230 – Tallahassee, FL

QB Tyler Queen – 6-2, 229 – Kennesaw, GA

RB Jovon Robinson –5-11, 225 – Georgia Military College

P/K Ian Shannon – 6-4, 190 Marietta, GA

OL Bailey Sharp – 6-5, 280 – Marietta, GA

ATH/QB Jason Smith – 6-1, 180 – Gulf Coast CC

LB Elijah Sullivan – 6-1, 215 – Tucker, GA

DB Chris Westry – 6-4, 180 – Oakleaf Park, FL

LB Darrell Williams – 6-3, 227 – Hoover, AL